Opinion

Winnie’s death a chance for us to introspect
Winnie’s death a chance for us to introspect
The death on April 2 of Nomzamo Winifred Madikizela-Mandela caught many off-guard. Despite a record of ill health in recent months, mentioned even...
State spies are ever with us
State spies are ever with us
Wednesday. The Durban sky is soft and dusky, the sun gently inching its way upwards from the east. There’s a sense of peace over the half-awake...
It’s time to queer psychology and new LGBTI guidelines will achieve this
It’s time to queer psychology and new LGBTI guidelines will achieve this
An historic document was launched in Johannesburg this evening by the Psychological Society of South Africa. It is a set of practice guidelines...
Herbert Kaiser, many a life has breathed easier because of you
Herbert Kaiser, many a life has breathed easier because of you
Herbert Kaiser, diplomat and activist, died peacefully on March 30 2018 in Palo Alto, California. He was 94.
African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you think
African leaders are more constrained by democratic rules than you think
Africa is often imagined to be a place in which presidents can do whatever...
Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law
Syria, chemical weapons and the limits of international law
Consider this shocking fact: Despite horrific images of yet another chemical weapons attack...
A little more hair on his chest, please
A little more hair on his chest, please
The sex doll, in its historical form, is an awkward blow-up thing barely resembling a human woman (I haven’t seen a male one). Moreover, it’s a...
Unplug me from fallacious arguments about race
Unplug me from fallacious arguments about race
Sometimes I wish I could unplug myself from South Africa. Participating actively in public discourse opens us up to a lack of generosity, dangerously low levels of empathy, dishonesty and headache-inducing, unnecessarily bad arguments, including endless popular fallacies....
Cruel reminder of all that he’s lost
Cruel reminder of all that he’s lost
Monday. The Indian Ocean at uMnini, south of Durban, is magnificent. There’s not a breath of wind. The sky is cloudless.
Editorial: This spy nation urgently needs ghostbusters
Editorial: This spy nation urgently needs ghostbusters
It was surely the years spent in exile, on the run from apartheid’s spies and assassins, that engendered such a degree of paranoia in the ANC’s...
How do we write about Winnie’s   life sympathetically?
How do we write about Winnie’s life sympathetically?
First, the facts: regardless of what Euro-American pundits or obituary writers conclude about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela — or what some white...
Islam and the first feminists
Islam and the first feminists
Women in Islam have slayed (with the sword and otherwise) for years. It’s a fact. But these facts are secrets. Just don’t read the Qur’an...

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